Belgium Traveling to Belgium

Discussion in 'Europe' started by UTCengOwl, May 3, 2012.

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  1. UTCengOwl

    UTCengOwl Initiate (0) May 27, 2010 Texas

    Yep, another one of those threads.

    I'm taking a quick trip to Belgium (May 13 to May 17) and I was curious about a few things...

    I'm planning on hitting up a few different beer-related places along my trip. While in Brussels, I'm planning on going to the Cantillon brewery, Moeder Lambic and the Delirium Cafe. Outside of Brussels, I'm planning on heading out to In De Vrede to get some Westvleteren from the source.

    I have two questions to ask of y'all. First, what are the visiting hours at the De Struise brewery? It seems like if I was going to travel out to Vleteren I might as well try to stop by at Struise... Second, is there anything else that I'd be missing out on that I really should look into again?
  2. beerpirates

    beerpirates Defender (676) May 4, 2010 Belgium
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    I've you like geuze / lambic then it's worth to go to this place

    FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL 01.30 P.M.

    I've you are in the area of Brugges then you can also go to de shop of the struise brouwers

    Burg 15
    8000 Brugge

    It's in the center of Brugges next to the chapel with the holy blood !
  3. Brabander

    Brabander Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    Struise will only be open on the saturday, i believe from 14 till 18 hours. If you go to Westvleteren you can buy some threepacks at the beersellingpoint of the monks. This is some other Westy info which can really help you out:

    Cafe in de Vrede is open on saturday's and sundays. But the best thing is always to check the site:

    You can actually go inside the abbey and join the monks in prayers. You don't have to pray with them but it is very special to see how this goes. You can walk trough the abbey to the chapel and after that you can walk back.

    These are the times they pray:

    The best time to go there is the sext at 12.15 and the noon at 14.15 hours.

    What you must do is go to the entrance about ten minutes before the paryers start. This is the entrance:

    Just ring the bell there and tell the monk who opens the door you want to go to the prayers. They will ask you to put out all cellphones. It is not allowed to make film or photo's.

    It is not possible to visit the brewery but here are the pictures i made when i was invited there:
  4. MilkManDanL

    MilkManDanL Initiate (0) May 7, 2012

    I will be in Brussels May 25th thru 27th leaving early on the 28th. The jazz fest is happening at the same time. I'm curious if it is worth it to do a day trip Westvleteren or Brugges. I'll probably lay it safe and spend Friday deciding if the jazz fest is worth hanging around for and if not do the trip on Saturday.


    I'm a recent "Belgium" beer enthusiast and currently have St B ABT 12, Westmalle Dubbel and Rochefort as my top 3.

    In my Top 10....Chimay Blue, Corsundonk, Westmall Triple, Grimbergen Brown and McChouffe....
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